MIDDLESEX COUNTY– State officials continued assisting Middlesex County residents and businesses hit hard by Superstorm Sandy with two Mobile Recovery Information Centers this week, answering questions and distributing information on the ‘reNew Jersey Stronger’ Housing Initiative and the ‘Stronger NJ’ Business Programs.
Staffed by representatives from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA), residents were able to learn about various recovery programs and receive assistance in applying for homeowner and business programs as they continue their rebuilding and recovery efforts.
Middlesex County Mobile Information Centers were held in South Amboy on June 24 and South River on June 26, and will continue throughout affected areas of the state as announced.
“We want to reach as many eligible homeowners in Middlesex County as possible and provide them with important information and application assistance on the ‘reNew Jersey Stronger’ housing grants,” said DCA Commissioner Richard E. Constable, III. “These Mobile Information Centers are an effective way to connect with people most in need of assistance.”
In May, the DCA launched the $780 million ‘reNew Jersey Stronger’ Housing Assistance Initiative which includes the Homeowner Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) Program and the Homeowner Resettlement Program. The two grants are aimed at encouraging homeowners to resettle in their homes and help them repair, elevate or rebuild their residences. Sandy-impacted homeowners can apply for the grants at www.renewjerseystronger.org, by calling 1-855-SANDYHM (1-855-726-3946), or by visiting one of nine Housing Recovery Centers now open in the state. Housing Recovery Center locations are listed at www.renewjerseystronger.org.
The EDA launched the Stronger NJ Business Grant Program on May 1, providing grants of up to $50,000 to small businesses and non-profits that sustained at least $5,000 in storm-related physical damage. On July 1, the Stronger NJ Business Loan Program will launch, offering direct, low-cost loans of up to $5 million to businesses and non-profits that suffered physical damage, as well as businesses looking to expand within storm-impacted communities. Sandy-impacted businesses can apply for grants and get program updates by visiting http://application.njeda.com/strongernjbusiness/ or by calling 1-855-SANDY-BZ (1-855-726-3929). The business recovery initiatives are designed to help impacted businesses and communities recover and rebuild.
“Our goal is to ensure that every business in Middlesex County in need of assistance knows that funding is available and help is just a phone call away,” said EDA Chief Executive Officer Michele Brown.
The ‘reNew Jersey Stronger’ housing grants and ‘Stronger NJ’ business programs are committed to rebuilding a lasting foundation for New Jersey in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The initiatives are made possible by funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program.
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